The Old Florence Guest House

Added to Articles of Interest by the Central Illinois German Shepherd Dog Rescue in January 2005.

houseThis lodging is dog friendly for those with well behaved pets.

Built in 1850, the three story structure is the only brick building in the town of Florence, Illinois. Overlooking the beautiful Illinois River, locals still use the name "Ole Brick" when referring to the stately building.

Legend has it that Abe Lincoln stayed in this former hotel around 1858 while traveling through Pike County when meeting people and engaging in debates. Some believe his visits were many to this hotel located between Winchester and Pittsfield.

Even though the current bridge (or any former bridge) was not there in the mid 1850's, Florence was the place where people crossed the Illinois River. Using ferry boats to transport, it could take hours before one could reach the other side. For many years the "Ole Brick" sat dormant, waiting for the second chance it so deserved. In July of 2002, the building was bought and after months of decision making, restoration of the building was begun in January of 2003, with a completion date of summer, 2003. The Findley Hotel name was changed as the building's new life began. Maybe it will stand for another 153 years!

For the security and comfort of guests, the main door of the 1,200 square foot guest house has a keyless security system. Four numbers, chosen by our guest, are programed in and then changed as new guests arrive. Reservations made at the Guest House ensure privacy, for only one group per renting is Our Policy.

The guest house has two separate bathrooms with a large shower in each. One bathroom has a large window which faces south and has a spectacular view of the Illinois River. The full moon shining in at night is beautiful!

This room has been suitably named "The River Bedroom" as it has three tall windows with a direct view of the Illinois River. With two twin beds, the decor in this room reflects life on the river. The bedroom below with a full bed in it reflects the travels of American Bald Eagles through our area many times during the year. There is also room for a rollaway bed in the room.

Other amenities include: bed linens, bath towels, hair dryers, coffee pot, local TV stations, charcoal grill with charcoal provided, roll-away beds, and the couch serves as a sleeping area if a large group makes a reservation (see pricing for maximum occupancy on our Contact Us page). A local paper is also available for your reading pleasure. There is ample parking for guests with more than one vehicle, including a horse-shoe drive.

To check pricing, make reservations, or for more information, call Nancy at (217) 723-4646 and ask about her German Shepherd! Or visit the Old Florence Guest House website at

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